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WWW RGR2 : [11] Gilles Simon vs [WC] Brian Baker

Mercury
05-29-2012, 05:20 PM
No thread for this??? Bakery to the victory at Philippe Chatrier vs the French #2 pusher Simug.

Honestly, can't see Baker winning here but one can only hope. Can you imagine the mayhem if BB actually wins?

I'm hoping for at least a 4 setter and stretching Simon as much as possible.

Nr 1 Fan
05-29-2012, 05:46 PM
I hope Baker gives a good account of himself, so the whole tennis world gets to know him. His story doesn't seem to be known by a lot of analysts and commentators.

JoWillyTso
05-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Baker can attack Simon's serve and won't have his own serve attacked = Baker win.

SapELee
05-29-2012, 06:57 PM
I hope Brian can adapt to the wind better than Harrison b/c his 2nd serve is vulnerable. He needs to keep the points short and try not get into long rallies with Simon (played too many matches already). His dropshots will be handy here for sure.

Hopefully, he can have fun and not let the crowd affects him. Good luck Brian, always looking forward to your beautiful game :hearts:.

EliSter
05-29-2012, 07:04 PM
Simon to end this Mug lucky runs.

Looner
05-29-2012, 07:06 PM
Simon to end this Mug lucky runs.

Mug post.

TigerTim
05-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Simon in 4 I'm afraid

6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

PedroMarquess
05-29-2012, 07:19 PM
:bowdown: BB in 4

Sombrerero loco
05-29-2012, 07:37 PM
simon easily...

zoparrat
05-29-2012, 07:43 PM
I like this Baker guy. I'm afraid his WTA second serve will prove to be too much of a handicap against Simon.

LastRocket
05-29-2012, 07:48 PM
Baker to save tennis :bowdown:

--dyT4_77SQ

cutesteve22
05-29-2012, 07:53 PM
no way Gilles will lose this

misty1
05-29-2012, 08:03 PM
its interesting how many people think brian will win. Last week he played well but as soon as he came across in form almagro he was easily disposed of and that was the first strong player he came across.

if simon plays well he should win this one

Deathless Mortal
05-29-2012, 08:06 PM
its interesting how many people think brian will win. Last week he played well but as soon as he came across in form almagro he was easily disposed of and that was the first strong player he came across.

if simon plays well he should win this one

Funny thing to say because just one match before 'easily disposing' Baker, Almagro had an even easier job against Simon. :shrug:

Fumus
05-29-2012, 08:08 PM
Funny thing to say because just one match before 'easily disposing' Baker, Almagro had an even easier job against Simon. :shrug:

Haters gonna hate.

misty1
05-29-2012, 08:13 PM
Funny thing to say because just one match before 'easily disposing' Baker, Almagro had an even easier job against Simon. :shrug:

almagro defeating simon really doesnt prove anything about how baker will do against him

and im not a hater, i like brian but i just think its funny how fast people are willing to jump on the bandwagon here.

Deathless Mortal
05-29-2012, 08:14 PM
almagro defeating simon really doesnt prove anything about how baker will do against him


As well as Almagro defeating Baker doesn't tell us anything about the upcoming match.

misty1
05-29-2012, 08:18 PM
As well as Almagro defeating Baker doesn't tell us anything about the upcoming match.

the point that i was trying to make was that in his run brian got past injured or average opponents. when he got to nicolas, the first strong opponent he faced he really didnt have many answers

gilles is a good clay courter playing at home who's in form, i'd be surprised if he lost this one

im not putting it entirely outside the real of possibility but i think gilles should win this one

Crowdmaker
05-29-2012, 08:45 PM
its interesting how many people think brian will win. Last week he played well but as soon as he came across in form almagro he was easily disposed of and that was the first strong player he came across.

if simon plays well he should win this one

Almargo was way too strong in that match, but not just because of his excellent tennis.
Baker played his 1st ATP tour final, after quite a lot of matches anyways.
It's obvious Baker still has a few problems with his game, but Simon's play is not something
that should bother him too much anyways.
So, logically yes, a lot of people think Brian can with and hopefully he will!

Looner
05-29-2012, 08:50 PM
the point that i was trying to make was that in his run brian got past injured or average opponents. when he got to nicolas, the first strong opponent he faced he really didnt have many answers

gilles is a good clay courter playing at home who's in form, i'd be surprised if he lost this one

im not putting it entirely outside the real of possibility but i think gilles should win this one

Oh, hai thar Nadaltard

misty1
05-29-2012, 08:51 PM
Oh, hai thar Nadaltard

not a nadal fan. The things i've said about him on here should make that painfully clear

Looner
05-29-2012, 08:54 PM
not a nadal fan. The things i've said about him on here should make that painfully clear

You do sound like one in that post though... Injured opponents, etc, etc. Baker played well in Nice and he got to the final from qualies. The guy has won 19/20 matches. Sure Simug is the overwhelming favourite but Baker has a chance. It may be an outside one but to say he only got to the final of Nice because his opponents were injured/tired when he played 8 matches to get there is just... yeah...

misty1
05-29-2012, 08:59 PM
You do sound like one in that post though... Injured opponents, etc, etc. Baker played well in Nice and he got to the final from qualies. The guy has won 19/20 matches. Sure Simug is the overwhelming favourite but Baker has a chance. It may be an outside one but to say he only got to the final of Nice because his opponents were injured/tired when he played 8 matches to get there is just... yeah...

i just think it had alot to do with it. He played some great tennis but if monfils was healthy then i dont think he would have gotten past him

oh well. apparently im a hater because i dont jump up and down about him so im done

Looner
05-29-2012, 09:03 PM
i just think it had alot to do with it. He played some great tennis but if monfils was healthy then i dont think he would have gotten past him

oh well. apparently im a hater because i dont jump up and down about him so im done

Yeah, yeah... If Baker wasn't injured Djokovic and Nadal would be his pigeons right now...

misty1
05-29-2012, 09:05 PM
Yeah, yeah... If Baker wasn't injured Djokovic and Nadal would be his pigeons right now...

okay hun

Mark Lenders
05-29-2012, 09:07 PM
Baker will hopefully send pusher Simon packing to set a blockbuster round 3 match against Wawrinka.

Here's to Brian extending his dream run.

Gagsquet
05-29-2012, 09:09 PM
I'm now convinced that Baker is the greatest human being. He is the elected one. He is our Noah (not Yannick).

sammy01
05-29-2012, 09:11 PM
i'm hoping simon wins. the baker story is nice, but he can save his slam run for his home slam and let gilles do his thing at his own home slam.

gilles in 4 sets

Burrow
05-29-2012, 09:12 PM
I'd think that this wouldn't be such a favoured match-up for Baker. His movement was lackadaisical in the Nice final and although his defence isn't his strong point, he looked very fatigued, especially moving out and lunging (or lack of) for the defensive backhand slice.
I don't see how he's going to be much fresher and Simon is the type of player that is going to keep him out there for 3+ hours, if he is to win it.

Should be a good match and definitely a positive experience, either way.

I like the way he plays his tennis on clay, it's more of the kind of clay court tennis you'd expect to see in the 90's and early 2000's, lots of drop shots and coming to the net when the chance arises.

SapELee
05-29-2012, 09:28 PM
I think some people here probably pick Brian b/c they dislike Simon's game. For me, I have always supported Brian since joining this forum.

Having watched several of his matches, I do think he has a shot of upsetting Simon. They are two different types of player for sure. Simon is more of a defensive player than Brian, but he is capable of coming forward and can be aggressive when the moments are right. Brian on the other hand, tends to be in an offensive mode most of the time, and he is not a brainless ballbasher. He is creative and has the ability to end points quickly, especially with his dropshots (something that he needs to do to have a chance against Simon). He can pretty much spray winners from anywhere in the court, thanks to his superb ballstriking skill (might be harder against Simon though since he gets a lot of balls back into play). Brian likes to take the ball early and tends to dictate points with his backhand. However as good as his offensive is, his defensive skill is kinda lacking and pales in comparison to his upcoming opponent. Having been away from the tour for so long (~7 years) and rarely having the chance to play defense, it is not surprising.

It is true that his second serve is a liability, but so is Simon's. They are both good returners so I will not be surprised if there are a lot of breaks in this match. Like Simon, Brian is very consistent and doesn't make too many loose errors unless he is physically drained. And yes he is not a nutcase, thanks heaven :sobbing:.

If Brian can hold his nerve and plays to the best of his ability, he certainly has a chance to win. Not saying that he is a better player, but he does have the skills to make it happen.

tennishero
05-29-2012, 09:37 PM
simon in 4

2-6 6-4 7-6 6-2

n3gative
05-29-2012, 10:05 PM
Great story from the locker room yesterday. Baker walked in and Djokovic saw him, they played a couple times as juniors, and Novak asked him where he's been so they sat and chatted about Baker's last few years, their training regimes, etc.

Baker is beloved by everyone!

Mateya
05-29-2012, 10:05 PM
I wish all the best to Baker. At the same time I also like Gilles :drool:

So let the best man win, I have no idea who will that be.

Baker can attack Simon's serve and won't have his own serve attacked = Baker win.

This game of tennis is just so simple. :worship:

Mongoose
05-30-2012, 12:29 AM
expected overreaction by MTF to a few good weeks of tennis

Baker may be the superior player, but he has no real chance of beating Simon at this point or on this stage

SapELee
05-30-2012, 12:36 AM
Great story from the locker room yesterday. Baker walked in and Djokovic saw him, they played a couple times as juniors, and Novak asked him where he's been so they sat and chatted about Baker's last few years, their training regimes, etc.

Baker is beloved by everyone!

I don't think they faced each other officially in the juniors (maybe practices ??), but they did played in the pro circuit in 2005:

Wimbledon Q R1: DJOKOVIC def. BAKER 1-1 RET (torn MCL)
Adelaide Q R1: BAKER def. DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4

Topspindoctor
05-30-2012, 12:53 AM
Simug in 3.

SapELee
05-30-2012, 12:53 AM
expected overreaction by MTF to a few good weeks of tennis

Baker may be the superior player, but he has no real chance of beating Simon at this point or on this stage

With adrenaline, anything can happen ;). But win or lose, I just want him to enjoy himself and stay injury-free.

duchuy89
05-30-2012, 01:41 AM
Simon in 3.

Whiznot
05-30-2012, 02:41 AM
Baker has the great returns and is facing a weak serve. Simon has the movement advantage but Baker can hit winners from both wings. I like both player's games and expect a close interesting match. Probably Baker in 4. I hope all players stay injury free.:)

heya
05-30-2012, 03:42 AM
monfils did nothing, and he lost on clay to
federer mug. he wasn't even injured that time either.

baker was tired
and injured severely from year 2005 through 2007. he had a bad hip before he realized it was a real problem.

it'd be painful to the tennis viewer everytime
he loses, more upsetting than for him.

BroTree123
05-30-2012, 03:45 AM
Gotta make sure he destroys those shitty Simug 2nd serves.

Javier Bardem
05-30-2012, 04:42 AM
I just have a feeling Baker will have his way with Simon, 2nd serve especially for a while, but Simon will be able to grind him out in 5.
It really would be fairytale if Wawrinka and Baker won, because Wawrinka beat him 03 RG boys final if im not mistaken

benji47
05-30-2012, 06:11 AM
If this wasn't a match in a grand slam I absolutely would think Brian can win this. However it is harder for Brian to close out a 3 out of 5 sets match against someone as tough as Gilles. I do think Brian is capable of pulling this off but will not keep my hopes up.

outrider
05-30-2012, 07:02 AM
Wish Baker will go through but can not see him winning this match today. Simon on "his" home slam. Maybe Baker can push himself but he will be tired for sure, you could see that vs. Malisse in the third set, maybe it is a little bit too much, 22 sets in 10 days and now another three, four or five setter?

born_on_clay
05-30-2012, 07:38 AM
Simon in 3

Hian-GOAT
05-30-2012, 12:35 PM
Brian, time to kick Simon's ass out of tennis.
Brian in 5.